The Link Between Dental Health And Sports Performance

Looking after our teeth and gums is important to our general health. Recently, researchers have found a link between oral health and exercise. 

Key takeaways:

  • Poor oral health can cause pain in the mouth which can interfere with your sports performance.
  • Decay and gum disease cause inflammation that can spread beyond the affected areas.
  • If you have an oral disease, you may need more time to recover from exercise sessions.

If it’s been a while since you visited the dentist, now is the time to book an appointment. Get checked so you can get treated earlier, for best results.

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The Importance to Oral Health of a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep is an important restorative process for our overall well-being, including our teeth and gums. A lack of sleep can lead to oral health issues which may require treatment from a dentist.

Key takeaways:

  • A lack of sleep can lead to an increased risk of gum disease due to inflammation.
  • Sleep strengthens the immune system, helping to fight off oral infections such as gum disease.
  • People whose sleep is often disrupted by snoring or by a disorder like sleep apnoea are at more risk of poor oral health.

Mouth breathing such as that seen in sleep apnoea or in people who snore can also dry out the oral cavity and lead to an increased risk for cavities. Fortunately, seeking treatment for sleep apnoea can help lower your risk!

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Orthodontic Surgery to Cure Jaw Pain

Misaligned teeth, overbites and underbites can often be treated with dental braces and the same might apply to jaw pain depending on the cause of the problem. Jaw pain is often a result of teeth shifting out of position and a dentist may try to treat the problem with corrective devices (like braces). 

However, sometimes surgery is required particularly for those with:

  • Misaligned jaw
  • Prominent or misaligned teeth
  • Persistent jaw pain due to impacted or crowded teeth

In general, orthodontic surgery is reserved for more severe or challenging cases and this is something that will need to be decided between your dentist and an oral surgeon. 

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Do You Bite Your Nails?

If you’re a nail biter, the health of your teeth could be at risk. What are some of the consequences of nail biting and why should you try to rid yourself of this habit?

  • The keratin within your nails can damage the enamel of your teeth.
  • The levels of oral bacteria within your mouth will also increase.
  • Those with fractured teeth or gum disease are at a higher risk of developing dental problems.

"Nail biting can turn into a lifelong habit that can be damaging to both nails and teeth."

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The Importance of Early Oral Disease Detection

Early diagnosis of oral diseases is very important, as it can literally save your life. Here are some symptoms of oral diseases and why it’s important for your dentist to detect them as early as possible. 

Key takeaway:

  • Oral cancer kills thousands of people each year. An early detection of oral cancer means an 83% survival rate compared to the 38% survival rate when detected in its late stages.
  • Gum disease is one of the most common oral diseases in adults. Early diagnosis of gum disease reduces the risk of tooth decay and teeth extraction.
  • Sleep apnoea and bruxism are both sleep disorders that may cause chronic fatigue, high blood pressure and tooth fracture if left untreated.

When it comes to diseases like oral cancer and gum disease, timing is of the essence.


Can Dental Implants Get Stained or Crooked?

With all the benefits dental implants have to offer, it’s only natural that some questions may arise concerning their functionality. Below are some of the answers to your burning questions.

Key takeaway:

  • A properly placed implant should never become crooked. So, find a well-trained dentist who will carry out the procedure.
  • Porcelain crowns are highly resistant to staining but you should avoid tooth staining drinks such as coffee and wine.
  • After receiving implants, visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings, to keep your implants as beautiful as possible.

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Three Signs You Might Need A Root Canal

Root canal therapy is a dental procedure used to address or prevent serious damage to a tooth’s nerves. You may need this procedure in the following situations:

  • If an injury or accident results in cracked or chipped teeth and the damage isn’t addressed soon afterwards.
  • If a tooth begins to look dark or have dark spots.
  • If you experience tooth sensitivity that doesn’t go away.

In all cases, it’s essential to see a dentist as soon as possible.

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What Might Be Causing Your Toothache?

Toothache pain can vary from being mild right through to excruciating. Toothache does not tend to go away and will require assessment by your dentist to find the cause of the pain to your teeth.

Key takeaways:

  • When a cavity deepens through tooth decay it can lead to toothache due to infection or it reaching the nerve tissues.
  • Damage or deterioration of dental restorative work can cause toothache and will need repairing by your dentist.
  • Cracked teeth can result in a toothache which may come and go as you eat hot or cold food.

"If your dental restoration is causing your tooth pain, your dentist will simply need to repair the affected tooth with a new restoration for you to begin feeling better!"

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